The AXN10 and MXN10, two new network streamers from Cambridge Audio, are increasing competition in the entry-level streaming market already dominated by Bluesound, Wiim, and NAD. The upcoming Cambridge models, however, provide each of their competitors with a unique set of streaming options.
AXN10 and MXN10 are powered by Cambridge Audio’s proprietary StreamMagic platform (and partner smartphone app), which integrates Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer, as well as a number of Internet radio stations. However, what makes StreamMagic a more appealing offer is the integration of a large variety of third-party streaming platforms. Say welcome to Google Chromecast, Roon Readiness, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, and Apple AirPlay 2. Connectivity for Bluetooth is provided by the tiny aerial that plugs into the rear panel.
The MXN10 and AXN10 each have TOSLINK and coaxial digital outputs, and a D/A converter for PCM handling up to 32bit/768kHz and DSD handling up to DSD512 is housed beneath the analog output on the MXN10 and AXN10.
The identical DAC circuit is used in both the MXN10 and AXN10, according to an email from Cambridge Audio. Therefore, why would someone spend £549, $599, or €599 on the AXN10 when the MXN10 gives the same sound quality and functionality for a hundred fewer pounds, dollars, or euros? Size is the simple solution. The AXN10 is a full-width component meant to be a better visual fit for Cambridge Audio’s other AX Series components. The MXN10 is a small device designed to be tucked away out of sight (if needed). The AXN10 is a limited edition, so don’t wait.
Beginning in March, the MXN10 and AXN10 will be accessible online at cambridgeaudio.com or through Cambridge Audio’s network of distributors and dealers.